The City of New Orleans announced yesterday that it will welcome back film production crews, starting next week. The first production scheduled to return to filming in New Orleans is an Amazon Prime series which was filming before the city shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Major studios, such as Disney, Sony, and CBS, are also planning to return to shooting in the upcoming months.
Productions expecting to resume or begin filming are expected to abide by strict health guidelines proposed by the city's film industry guilds and unions. Some of these measures include reduced crew sizes, increased testing for cast and crew, and several other sanitation measures. Each set is expected to have a Health and Safety supervisor and a sanitation company that is able to clean sets before, during, and after filming.
Carroll Morton, the Director of Film in New Orleans, established that the return of film production in the city will be beneficial for employment, as the majority of film crews will be operated by 85 percent New Orleans locals.